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Bug#234615: marked as done (apache2-common: NameVirtualHost requires _default_ not *)

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From: Charles Fry <debian@frogcircus.org>
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Subject: apache2-common: NameVirtualHost requires _default_ not *
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Package: apache2-common
Severity: normal

The [1][2]Apache documentation indicates that when using
NameVirtualHost, the VirtualHost directive should use * (as opposed to
_default_) to match all IP addresses. However my experimentation has
demonstrated that if I have multiple VirtualHost entries, with different
ServerNames, all starting with the line:

<VirtualHost *:80>

Every server name will be matched by the first VirtualHost entry.
However, the documented behavior was achieved by using _default instead:

<VirtualHost _default_:80>

This is either a bug in the implementation, or the documentation.


1. http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/mod/core.html#virtualhost
2. http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/vhosts/name-based.html

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You've described perfectly the situation where you do not have a
NameVirtualHost line that does not match your VirtualHost stanzas.
NameVirtualHost *:80
<VirtualHost *>

Apache will produce a warning in that case. 
I have many hundred systems all using VirtualHost * succesfully with
numerous virtual hosts.

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